Showing posts from December, 2015

Gram's Cranberry Salad

One thing that we never go without at Christmas dinner is Gram's Cranberry Salad. As children growing up Christmas time was a magical time for us. It was not all about the gifts although that was never far from my mind...

Our auntie and two uncles and all the cousins would show up at our house a few days before Christmas. Those times in my memory are among the very best that I have. We had many fun outside adventures, sometimes we did not go back home until the sun went behind the mountains. Those were the days that children could safely be outside without supervision or worry of being abducted or what ever...

When it came time for dinner one thing we kids wanted was Grams salad, it was fluffy and sweet with just the right amount of tart flavor for our mouthes. As we grew this meal time special was never forgotten. I can remember one year that we somehow forgot this dish and my sister (Who makes it the best) went to the store to purchase the items because dinner would not start w…

Blogging by Eddie

I wanted to share a poem that my Cousin wrote... It made me laugh I think he is clever and fun See his site here He just started blogging. You are so clever cousin... below is his poem
Blogging, Blogging, Blogging  Lets do some blogging When we do some blogging Our brains go nogging When our brains go nogging We do more blogging
My cousin and his mother on his birthday

Christmas Breakfast with Nana and Poppy

Breakfast morning this year was a delicious one thanks to my BFF and second mom for sending us this breakfast from Swiss colony... It was very delicious! Thank you Diana xoxoxo The plate above is our grandson's first Christmas breakfast. Obviously a two week old cannot eat this but my fun loving husband handed me this plate and said here is Tay Tay's breakfast. I cracked up. My husband is so funny and always making me laugh. Below is me getting to hold Tay Tay while his parents took their first small trip to the store without him. He has a lot of hair for such a small one. Although he is sleeping here when he is awake you can see in his eyes great intelligence which seems kind of weird. But when he looks up into your eyes it's like looking into the eyes of a very wise soul.
The picture below was taken the day Tay Tay came home from the hospital. My husband in this picture said that his eyes seem very alert and intelligent. Here is where Tay Tay made his first voice noise…

Elf On The Shelf Visits Work

I have had way to much fun with this little guy. I have a co-worker that has been laid off at the end of this year because the Lab office she works in has closed. She is understandably a bit upset. I wanted to do something to cheer her up and remembered this little guy. Again, I think that I had more fun than she did. She was so bugged trying to figure out who was doing this that she spent the last three weeks grilling everyone for answers. You see each night after she left work I set up the next days scene starting with the letter below. I was told that she had a smile on her face each morning and was happy to come into work to see what was next. I would call that mission accomplished!
Here Mistletoe had a visitor by the name of Tinsel helping him make a Christmas garland  Next day was a snow ball fight between the two of them  Next was a marshmallow roast and it looks like Mistletoe is a bit infatuated   Aw, Tinsel had to leave and it sent Mistletoe into a chocolate binge and hango…

Snow Fall

This is the best winter season we have had in several years. We sure need it as our reservoirs are very low. Our snow pack in the Sierras is the lowest its been in over 500 years. A lot of the pine and evergreen trees in the mountains are dying off from lack of water for 4+ years. I pray this weather continues all winter long. 
As I sit here this morning the sky's are dark grey, the winds are blowing so hard that the trees are swaying hard and the rain is falling sideways not downward. Chain controls are in effect over the Mount Rose Highway and the Sierra Mountain Range... I will have to cross that way twice today. 
I love the snow... being in it, driving in it and so on and I hold a healthy respect for the dangers it will pose while crossing.  Usually as winter comes I settle into a restive state where I work on things like blankets, Christmas traditions and such. Well this year so much has been going on that we have had no time to rest or for traditions. 
One of my favorite th…

One Thousand Gifts

~ More snow falling making it a winter wonderland

~ Long tall hanging ice cycles beautiful but dangerous

~ Sparkling snow flakes glistening like diamonds in the suns rays

~ Tall snow drifts filled with brightly hued snow suits worn by kids as they sled down the drifts

~ My first experience seeing a snow duster (micro tornado)... Extremely beautiful

~ Snow powder swirling into pretty designs as the wind blows over the streets

~ Large clumps of snow falling off trees creating a wall of snow dust... Fun to drive through

~ The crunching sound snow makes as you walk across it

~ The silence snow brings to the world

~ The blessing of water for the high sierras this summer

~ Hearing the call of an Eagle as he soars over head

~ The promise of a snow storm again today

~ Knowing that I am a TRUE Pluviophile but snow comes in second Joy, Joy, Joy

# 575 Elf on the shelf experience and surprise for a long time co-worker leaving at the end of this month to explore other options. (Pictures later)